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How Do GPS Pet Trackers Work

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How Do GPS Pet Trackers Work (Australia)

As a dog owner, it's not uncommon that you may want to let your pooch roam free from the leash during certain activities. Even if your dog is well trained, there's always the possibility that she might get lost or stray away. Especially if your dog is a hunting dog, the possibility of loosing track of where she is can be fatal in some situations. Luckily, modern technology allows us to keep track of our best friend through the usage of GPS tracking. How do GPS dog trackers work?

The Difference Between Trackers

Before we look at how GPS pet trackers work, it's important that we understand the difference between GPS trackers and the other option available on the market, radio frequency trackers. Some GPS dog trackers use cellular frequency and thus the local cellular network to help you track your dog. The advantages of this are that you're able to use software that gives you the precise location of your dog on a map, allowing you to not have to hunt for her.

3G GPS Dog Tracker (Cellular)

GPS dog trackers do have some drawbacks. In addition to the cost of the unit, they often require a monthly service charge due to the usage of a cellular network. Likewise, a major drawback is that they rely on a cellular network being available, meaning that GPS units won't work in areas that don't receive a signal. While GPS trackers are still useful, and can help find a lost pet in a neighborhood or at the beach, they may not be practical for hiking or hunting.

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GPS Tracking Collar

In terms of how GPS tracking collars work, they typically tend to rely on a proprietary app accessed via your smartphone and Google maps. Most devices will notify the user via text or email with alerts such as when the pet leaves a defined safe zone or when the battery is low. Another nice feature that some models have is that they allow you to contact a help or recovery center that can aid you in locating your lost dog. The actual tracking device is typically small and fits right on the collar. Different sizes are made for different breeds for more accurate health tracking and a better fit.


Pet Tracker (Radio Frequency)

The other type of dog tracker is a radio frequency based model. These don't provide a map, but tend to be more accurate and work anywhere with no need for a network. While GPS trackers use a map to show you the dogs location, the radio frequency can help you find the pet if it's hiding in brush due to the location based nature. However, a major drawback is that some GPS units have health tracking features that monitor heart rate and other health related stats for your dog so that you can be sure that you know where she is and that she's in good health.
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Conclussion

Knowing now how GPS pet trackers work and all of the different types and features you can have, the question is, which one is right for you? The best scenario is to own both a GPS and radio frequency model so that you can use them as necessary. However, if you are someone who doesn't hunt, hike, or do many outdoor activities, a radio frequency tracker might not really help. It all depends on your own lifestyle and the needs of your dog.